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Rockies OF Corey Dickerson will miss final series

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Colorado's breakout player for 2014 will be with his wife for the birth of the couple's first child.

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Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson was not in the lineup on Friday and won't be with the team this weekend, writes MLB's Thomas Harding.

Dickerson and his wife, Beth Anne, are home in Mississippi awaiting the arrival of their first child. The 25-year-old second-year big leaguer finishes the season with a .312/.364/.567 line and 24 home runs in fewer than 500 plate appearances. His impressive showing in his first full season will give the Rockies some interesting decisions to make this offseason on outfielders Carlos Gonzalez (possible trade candidate) and Michael Cuddyer (free agent).

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Fellow outfielder Charlie Blackmon has also done his part to make the Rockies' brass think long and hard about their roster heading into next season. Though he has been pretty pedestrian since April, Blackmon will finish the season with at least 19 home runs and 28 steals in addition to his current .286/.334/.437 line. The 28-year-old Georgia Tech alum has earned a fan in Rockies manager Walt Weiss, says Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.

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Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau has a very slim lead over Pirates utility man Josh Harrison in the NL batting race. Morneau ended Friday night a .319 hitter after swatting a home run as part of a 2-for-3 performance. That'll be a fun, albeit pretty meaningless at the end of the day, storyline to follow during the final two games of 2014.